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Health Benefits of Fasting

Updated: Mar 13

Vitamode, praying in preparation to break fast during Ramadan

During Ramadan, Muslims worldwide embark on a month-long fast, refraining from eating and drinking during daylight hours similar to intermittent fasting. Fasting during Ramadan is not only significant from a religious perspective, but it also has numerous health benefits for others that go beyond the spiritual realm. Let's take a look at some of the major health benefits that fasting can offer.

Vitamode, doctor checking blood pressure, advise to fast
Reduces hypertension
  • Fasting has been shown to help lower blood pressure levels, reducing the risk of hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.

Vitamode, enhances the health of your liver
Enhances the Health of Your Liver

Increased liver enzyme levels are often signs of liver damage or disease. Multiple studies have shown that intermittent fasting can decrease liver enzymes, suggesting enhanced liver health. Intermittent fasting can also reduce oxidative stress and inflammation.

Vitamode, increases brain function

Increases brain function
  • Fasting can improve brain function by promoting the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that supports brain health and cognitive function.

Vitamode, balances the hunger hormone

Balances the Hunger Hormone Ghrelin
  • Fasting helps to regulate the Hunger Hormone Ghrelin, leading to better appetite control and aiding weight management.

Fasting may hold deep significance within the Muslim religion, but its health benefits are relevant to people of all backgrounds to improve their overall well-being. Introducing fasting as a practice within your family may not happen overnight, it is essential to take gradual steps and allow everyone to adapt at their own pace. Here are some steps you can take to introduce fasting to future generations.

Steps to introduce Fasting to children
Vitamode educates a family about the benefits of fasting
  • Start by explaining the significance of fasting during Ramadan in simple terms that children can understand. Teach them about empathy, gratitude, and self-discipline.

Vitamode, parents lead by example, observe, demonstrate
Lead by example
  • Children learn best by observing. Demonstrate fasting with patience and positivity by encouraging them to join you in small ways such as skipping snacks between meals.

Vitamode, ease into fasting by starting with shorter periods
Start with shorter periods:
  • Gradually ease children into fasting by starting with shorter periods, such as half-day fasts or skipping a meal. Monitor their comfort level and adjust accordingly.

Fasting has become increasingly popular among people who are striving to lead a healthy lifestyle. We're not just nourishing our bodies; we're also nurturing the generations to come. By instilling values of mindfulness, discipline, and gratitude, we lay the foundation for a healthier and more compassionate future. Selamat Berpuasa to our Muslim friends!